This meeting is planned in September 2024

The meeting “Astrobiology and Society” will bring scientists, students, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders together to discuss the ethical, political legal, societal and environmental aspects of commercial space travel.

It will take place at Malmfälten Adult Education Centre in Kiruna, Sweden in from September XXth, 2024 in the morning to September XXth, 2024 in the evening. Apart from offering a very interesting programme, the meeting will take place during Lapland’s very beautiful Indian Summer, which enables good opportunities to see the Northern Lights.

The meeting will cover the following subjects:

  • Legal, ethical and societal issues concerning commercial space exploration
  • Environmental issues concerning space exploration
  • Protection of extraterrestrial bodies
  • Spin-offs of scientific space exploration
  • International cooperation in commercial use of space: will space exploration be restricted to a few powerful countries and regions?
  • Space research and exploration as a chance for remote regions in Europe
  • Global governance efforts regarding the commercial use of space
  • Mining of extraterrestrial bodies
  • The future of commercial space travel

Invited Speakers

Johanna Bergström, LTU, Sweden

Niklas Hedman, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Gerhard Kminek, ESA 

Rene Laufer, LTU, Sweden

Tony Milligan, King’s College London

Pernilla Nilsson, Swedish National Space Agency

Danielle Wood, MIT, USA

The programme starts on Monday September, 25th in the morning and ends on Thy May,12th in the evening. We will have 35 minutes invited talks (+ 10 minutes discussion) and contributed talks lasting 25 minutes (+ 5 minutes discussion).

On Tuesday 26th we will organise a half day’s excursion to ESRANGE Rocket Launch Centre and the Sami (indigenous) Open Air Museum at Jukkasjärvi with a traditional Northern Swedish dinner.

Deadline for Registration, abstract submission AND accommodation booking (which has to be done individually by participants directly with the hotels) will be 31 July 2023.


The rates for registration include:

  • Coffee breaks during the scientific programme
  • Lunches on September 25th, 26th and 27th
  • Conference material

The rates for the conference excursion include:

  • Travel to ESRANGE and Jukkasjärvi and back
  • Guided tour at ESRANGE
  • Guided tour at Jukkasjärvi

· Traditional Northern Swedish Dinner at Jukkasjärvi (3-courses)

The meeting is open to all interested scientists, students and other stakeholders, but the organisers reserve the right to remove participants if they do not conduct themselves professionally, or harass other participants.